NASHUA, N.H. – University of Saint Joseph junior Carlee Putnam (Niantic, Conn.) followed up her 33-point effort Tuesday with 26 more on Saturday, but the Blue Jays dropped an 81-62 game to Rivier University in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game.
Rivier improved to 6-6 overall and 2-0 in the league; USJ is 1-11 and was playing its first GNAC game of the season.
Putnam shot 9-for-18 from the floor including 4 of 8 on three-pointers and was the top scorer in the contest. Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) had another excellent all-around game with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Stephanie DeJesus (Meriden, Conn.) scored 10 for the Blue Jays and Elisha Pertillar (Windsor, Conn.) pulled down 11 rebounds.
Rivier got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points of the game, but USJ pulled within 18-17 after the first quarter as DeJesus and Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.) each scored five points in the first 10 minutes. The Blue Jays took the lead at 21-20 on a layup from Putnam with 7:00 to play in the first half, but it was the only lead of the game for St. Joseph. Rivier led 35-24 at halftime, 58-47 through three and USJ could not get any closer than 11 points in the fourth.
Kaylee Kacavas led Rivier with 22 points, Caitlyn Perry scored 17 and Savanna Butterfield had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Raiders.
USJ plays at Albertus Magnus, Tuesday, Jan. 12 in a 7 p.m. GNAC game. The Blue Jays next play home Saturday, Jan. 16 against conference opponent Johnson & Wales at 1 p.m.